I’ll be revealing the cover for THE SHADOW STEALER right here Monday morning! Everyone who’s seen it so far said they love it, and I agree. Out of the five beautiful covers Rue Volley has designed for me, this one is definitely my favorite.
I can’t believe it’s almost 2015! Where did this year go? It definitely had its ups and downs, and I’m hoping 2015 is a much more peaceful one for everyone.
In terms of writing, I more or less wrote two books. I say more or less because I technically started THE SHADOW STEALER in 2013, and I also wrote 1/3 of A PROMISE OF MAGIC in, oh, I don’t even know, late 2012? But let’s just say I wrote two novels in 2014. I also published two novels! THE SOUL HEALER came out in April, and A PROMISE OF MAGIC was an early arrival, publishing in November (instead of January!). As for 2015, besides publishing THE SHADOW STEALER (February 27th! Less than two months away!), I hope to start and finish two brand new manuscripts. I’m not sure if this will actually happen, but as long as I finish at least one manuscript, I’ll be happy. I’m a little nervous starting something brand new that doesn’t involve Gabi and company because it’s really hard to let those characters go. But at least I can visit them whenever I want to in Tomodachi Life, right?
As for reading, I didn’t read as much as I did in 2013, probably because I spent almost the entire year writing/editing/revising THE SHADOW STEALER! I wanted to read 100 books, but I missed that goal by five measly books! (If you count rereading THE SHADOW STEALER at least five times and beta reading, then yes, I read over 100 books!) My favorite book of the year was HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas. I waited for over two hours to get an ARC of it at BEA and it was worth it, oh my goodness. I loved it from start to finish, and I can’t wait for the next installment! In 2015 I’m going to try to be better about reading the stuff I own. I go to the library a lot and always end up with five or more books to read, which is ridiculous because I have three years worth of BEA books to read! So I’m going to ban myself from going to the library unless they have something I really, really need to read (which is basically every book ever). I already made up a list of 2015 books I want to read (and when they’re published), but I also made up a list of older books that I’ve been wanting to read but never got a chance to. A few are series that are complete now, so if I can get all three books in one library trip, I can binge read the series, which is something I love doing. I didn’t put too many books on that list, less than twenty, because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. I’m interested to see how I’ll do in completing that list. Guess we’ll find out a year from now! Oh, and something else I’ve wanted to do for the longest time is reread the entire Harry Potter series. But it’s so hard to reread something when there’s so many other new things to read. But I really need to make time for this series! It’s been too long!
Other than that, I hope to attend more book events (I’m definitely going to BEA for its final year in NYC. And hopefully I’ll remember to buy NY Comic Con tickets before they’re sold out! I totally forgot this year and wasn’t able to attend.) and blog about them, of course. Unfortunately a lot of the events are at night on a weekday, and I can’t go, but I always keep an eye out for a weekend ones!
Do you have any bookish goals or resolutions for 2015? If so, good luck and to everyone, Happy New Year!
In case you didn’t see the title, I have news!
So, you know how A PROMISE OF MAGIC, the second Silver Moon Saga novella, is scheduled for January 27th, 2015? I’m going to be honest with you. I was never happy with that date. And I know you guys weren’t happy with that date, either. It was too far away, and also too close to THE SHADOW STEALER’S release date of February 27th. I always felt like there should be more time between releases, but I didn’t want to make you wait even longer for the final book, so I picked what I thought were the best possible dates.
A PROMISE OF MAGIC, like AN AUTUMN DREAM, consists of three stories. In addition to the titular story (which is told from Evan’s POV), there’s also THE FAVOR (told from Philip’s POV) and AN UNBEATABLE TEAM (told from Gabi’s POV). Unlike the final book in the series, these short stories were easy (and fun!) to write. The manuscript has been beta-read, edited, and revised, and it’s been sitting on my computer for the past few months ready to go. Waiting, and waiting, and waiting… Just like you all have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting…
So the other day I decided to ask my awesome publisher a question:
Me: Okay, you can totally say no because I know this is a crazy question, but is there any possible way we can publish my novella earlier? FEEL FREE TO SAY NO.
Her: Yeah, that’s totally cool.
SO GUESS WHAT?! The new publication date for A PROMISE OF MAGIC is now…. Drum roll please!
NOVEMBER 20TH, 2014!!!!!!!!!
Yes, November 20th. As in two weeks from yesterday. Or, THIRTEEN days away. No, I’m not freaking out. Why would I freak out? 😀 This is awesome news! You are getting more Silver Moon Saganess (yeah, I just made up a word) in less than two weeks!! Spread the word! Tell your friends! A PROMISE OF MAGIC is coming November 20th!! Get ready!!!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the INDIE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a green team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
Okay, got that? Moving right along, I’d like to introduce Shay Lynam!
Shay was born and raised in a small, rainy town in Washington, but now resides in another quaint, rainy town with her husband and pug-beagle mix, Lucy. When not at work, you can usually find her at home or at her favorite coffee shop, typing away on her newest novel.
And now I’ll let Shay tell you about her upcoming novel!
As your reward for finding me, I want to share my Peter Pan spin-off novel, Never, with you! It isn’t set to come out until November 4th but because you are awesome and participating in this crazy scavenger hunt, I thought you deserved a sneak peek. Also, because I want to get you guys extra excited about Never, I’m going to share a teaser of my book cover. My actual cover reveal isn’t until November 1st so you guys are getting an extremely exclusive first look.
First, a little about Never:
Wynn Harper spends her days trying to blend into the background. This isn’t very easy, especially being the great granddaughter of the late Wendy Darling. Wynn used to love Great Gran’s stories about her adventures in Neverland with Peter Pan and his lost boys, but that’s all they were. Just stories, right? That’s what Wynn keeps telling herself.
But then she meets Peter, the beautiful boy with a voice to match, and when he whisks her off to Neverland, Wynn knows this is no fairy tale. The lost boys are a group of rebellious ex-pirates, young Hook has a soft side, and Peter Pan isn’t as innocent as you might think.
Here’s an exclusive excerpt. When Wynn meets Peter.
“What’s it like in Neverland?” I asked after we had been flying in silence for a while. Peter’s hand tightened more around my own frozen fingers. I couldn’t feel my body anymore. I could’ve been missing both my legs and I wouldn’t even notice until we got to Neverland and I’d discover I was a couple feet shorter.
“Different,” he said looking over to meet my eyes.
“How do you mean?”
I watched as he swiveled his body and was suddenly under me, floating on his back. What would happen if I just let go of his hand? I would collide with him, he could wrap his arms around me and maybe I could lay my head on that soft orange t-shirt. I bet I’d be able to feel the ridges of his chest with my cheek. Something told me there was a body of a seventeen year old god under those clothes. Wow, maybe a dunk in that frigid ocean below would do me some good.
Peter cleared his throat and a smirk appeared on his face. He must have noticed my eyes trailing thoughtfully down his body. “It just is,” he finally said and laid my hand on his shirt so it was flat under his. Yep, I could feel the hard lines of his chest. “You’ll see for yourself soon.”
“Soon?” I asked giving him a confused look. “I thought the saying goes ‘straight on till morning.’ It isn’t even eleven yet.”
Peter tipped his head back so he was looking in the direction we were headed. “Think again.”
I lifted my head and saw the horizon glowing with morning light. The moon was still high and bright, the stars were still shining brilliantly, yet the sky down far ahead was beginning to fade to a pale blue as the sun slowly rose. In the distance I could make out a break in the horizon. Dips and peaks made up of mountains and valleys rose up from the water like a tiny hopeful beat on a heart monitor with a dead line.
And finally, a sneak peek at my beautiful cover, made by Kellie Dennis with Book Cover by Design (bookcoverbydesign.co.uk):
You can pre-order Never in e-book form on Amazon.com here. Again, it’ll be available on Amazon in paperback and e-book form on November 4th for just $2.99!
Thanks everyone and happy hunting!
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How is everyone doing? I hope your summer (or winter, depending on where you are!) is going well. I’ve been hard at work on the second Silver Moon Saga novella. I finished my major edits yesterday, which means I can get back to The Shadow Stealer. It’s been weeks (months?) since I last read it, so I’m a little nervous. There’s always a little voice asking, “What if it sucks?!” Well, what if it does? Then I’ll just fix it. And fix it. And fix it, until I turn it into something I’m proud of. That’s the beauty of writing; you can always change it.
So June is over. When did that happen? I was holed up in my writing cave and didn’t even notice the days flying by.
But I’m happy to say I finished writing the second Silver Moon Saga novella! Have I talked about the novella here? Maybe not. Let’s pretend I haven’t. The second novella was not something I planned on doing. I thought about it, yes, but I didn’t think I had enough material to fill a second novella. One story was written (I actually wrote it before I wrote The Soul Healer, and it’s about two characters who show up for the first time in that book! And the story takes place after The Soul Healer! Because that’s not weird and confusing at all.), and at the beginning of this year I had an idea for another story. But I was busy writing the final book, The Shadow Stealer, so I couldn’t work on that shiny new idea. Around that time I was convinced that yes, we needed a second novella, so I kept that idea in mind all these months. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was going to be a heck of a lot longer than I originally anticipated. I decided to put it on hold once more and work on the third story for the novella, which is a short but sweet Gabi and Rafe story. With that finished, it was finally time to work on what I now refer to as Evan’s Not So Short Story.
Evan’s Not So Short Story (it does have a title, which is also going to be the title of the novella itself, but I’m keeping that a secret for the time being) is a prequel story, but it should be read after you read The Soul Healer. That sounds weird, but trust me, it works better that way. Originally I thought it would be maybe twenty pages long, but as the days went by, and the word count kept growing, I realized that wouldn’t be the case. It’s about the length of a novel now (add the other two stories, and yes, it’s definitely novel-length), and I regret nothing. I read it over this weekend and I love it immensely. I really can’t wait to share it with the world (January 27th!).
So that’s the novella. Three stories, two short, one humongous. It’s all written, and now I’m just working on edits. After that, it’s back to The Shadow Stealer! I haven’t read it since I heavily revised it, and I’m curious to see if my changes work or not. I’m actually going to make more changes based on things that came up in Evan’s Not So Short Story. It seems daunting right now, but I hope it’ll go smoothly. Final books are hard, you guys, but I’m going to work hard to give you the best possible ending!
June was all about writing, and July will be all about editing.